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Funding to support innovative models of international cultural exchange and collaboration has been confirmed by the UK Arts Councils and Agencies.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (9th February 2023) published new research it has commissioned into the potential introduction to Northern Ireland of a UK-wide Access Scheme for disabled, D/deaf and neurodivergent audiences members buying tickets for creative and cultural events and venues. The four UK arts councils and the British Film Institution are collaborating on the development of a new Access Scheme for disabled, D/deaf and neurodivergent audiences which supports their return, post-pandemic, to arts events and venues. The Access Scheme has also been identified as a key government priority in the UK Government’s 2021 Disability Strategy.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has published survey-based evaluations of the impact of its two Covid Recovery Programmes, co-designed with the Department for Communities to help the creative sector re-establish itself following the relaxation of coronavirus pandemic restrictions in 2021.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (10th January) published its Annual Review 2021-22, recounting many of the highlights of the (financial) Year in the Arts in Northern Ireland, supported by Arts Council exchequer funding from the Department of Communities as well as National Lottery funds.
73 Community groups, arts organisations and local authorities in rurally-based communities across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from the Arts Council’s new Rural Engagement Arts Programme (REAP) worth £500,000, which aims to provide an integrated, cohesive approach to the needs of rural communities as they emerge from the global Covid-19 pandemic, by tackling isolation and loneliness, and promoting social inclusion and wellbeing through participation in the arts.
The Annual Funding Survey of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland finds that Covid-19 pandemic has continued to have a significant and long lasting impact on arts organisations in 2021–22; from planning and programming through to staffing and finances.